27 Bambridge v Lilburne

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John Bambridge, gent v George Lilburne of Sunderland, alderman

May 1636


Proceedings survive from May 1636, but they give no indication of the cause or result of Bambridge's complaint against Lilburne.

Summary of proceedings

No counsel was mentioned. This cause came before Sir Henry Marten on 9 May 1636.


Initially a town councillor at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, George Lilburne moved to Sunderland, and at the granting of Sunderland's charter of incorporation in 1634, George Lilburne became an alderman. He married twice and fathered fourteen children. He established his nephew and later Leveller leader, John Lilburne, as a brewer in London during 1641. During the civil wars, he sat on the committee of sequestrations for co. Durham. He was M.P. for co. Durham in the first Protectorate Parliament in 1654.

A. Sharp, 'John Lilburne (1615?-1657)', Oxford DNB (Oxford, 2004); P. Gregg, Freeborn John: A Biography of John Lilburne (London, 1961), pp. 24, 96-7.


  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Marten: College of Arms MS 'Court of Chivalry' (act book, 1636-8) [pressmark R.R. 68C], fos. 84r-88v (9 May 1636)

People mentioned in the case

  • Bambridge, John, gent
  • Lilburne, George, alderman
  • Lilburne, John, gent
  • Marten, Henry, knight

Places mentioned in the case

  • Durham
    • Sunderland
  • Northumberland
    • Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Topics of the case

  • alderman
  • civil war
  • Leveller
  • member of parliament
  • parliamentarian
  • sequestration